A single mother of two young children recently filed a products liability lawsuit against Bayer & Company alleging that the pharmaceutical company’s Mirena birth control IUD (intrauterine device) is defective and dangerous. She claims that the birth control product caused her to suffer physical, financial and emotional injuries.
They Told Me This Product Was Safe!
That’s what the latest Mirena IUD user says that she was assured, but it turned out to be a very different story. According to an article in The Pennsylvania Record, Cynthia Solano had Mirena implanted in her uterus in January of 2011. However, she continually suffered from cramping, spotting (bleeding outside of the normal menstrual period) and pain and saw her doctor about these conditions on numerous occasions. After a doctor’s visit in December 2012, she had to be hospitalized. It was then that she understood the source of her pain – a CT scan revealed that her Mirena IUD had perforated her uterus and become embedded in her body. She ended up having the IUD surgically removed and filed a product liability lawsuit against Bayer.
Physical, Financial & Emotional Injuries
Like so many other women who have experienced Mirena IUD side effects, Solano’s lawsuit alleges Bayer designed, developed, manufactured, tested, marketed, promoted, distributed and advertised Mirena improperly. As a result, she sustained physical, financial and emotional injuries. Aside from having to undergo surgery to remove the IUD, her physical injuries include persistent neck pain and limited mobility, as well as continued abdominal pain, heavy menstrual bleeding and severe cramping.
Her physical injuries led to serious financial injuries as she was required to take short-term disability leave from her job and take money out of her 401K retirement fund in order to pay for hospital and other bills. However, it’s the emotional injuries, which may be the worst. According to her lawsuit, “The long-term consequences of these injuries on [her] health are unknown at this time, which is a source of great anxiety.” This is especially true for her as she is the single mother of two young children.
Millions Of Women At Risk
Mirena is used by more than two million women in the United States and it has been shown to have dangerous side effects, including:
- perforation of the uterus
- organ damage
- internal bleeding
- the need for corrective surgery.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Bayer two warning letters stating that the global pharmaceutical giant downplayed Mirena’s risks and overstated its benefits. While Bayer’s questionable marketing practices many have increased Mirena sales, they did so at a great risk – and expense – to consumers. If you’ve been injured by Mirena, contact the experienced product liability lawyers at The Driscoll Firm, LLC, who can help you determine if you might be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income and permanent injuries.